Ruler Through Box With Glass Trick Exposed And Explained

Want to know how the ruler through box with glass trick is done by Pete Firman and Luke Perry?

I think this is the method of the puzzle box with a metal ruler or wooden box ruler magic trick.

Remember, this is just my opinion or speculation.

Ruler Through Box With Glass Trick

Before I explained probably how Pete Firman and Luke Perry perform the glass penetration effect, let’s find out about the wooden box used in this closeup magic trick.

Ching Ling Coin Box

This small rectangle wooden box used by Pete Firman and Luke Perry is known as “Ching Ling Coin Box“.

Ching Ling Coin Box

Ching Ling Coin Box“ is a wooden box, where a coin seemingly penetrates through the piece of glass inside it.

Penetration Through Solid Glass Close Up Magic Trick

The Effect:

The magician opens the Ching Ling Coin Box.

Show there is a piece of glass which fitted snugly inside, that blocks both slots when the box is closed.

Then the magician drops a coin into the top slot.

Magically it seems to go through the glass, and falls out through the bottom slot.

Ching Ling Coin Box Secret

The secret of the “Ching Ling Coin Box” is there is a hidden pivoted door on one side of the box.

It can swivel open, as shown below.

Ching Ling Coin Box Secret

As the performer pulls down the cover, simultaneously his thumb presses on the top part of the pivoted door.

The door swivels or rotates inward, thus there is an opening below it.

Below is the Ching Ling Coin Box with the opened pivoted door.

Ching Ling Coin Box Trick Revealed

To do the glass penetration trick, the magician tilts the wooden box backward,

Hence the glass piece slips out slightly through the opening.

Now the two slots of the box are not being blocked by the glass piece anymore.

Thereby the coin can go through both slots.

To end the trick, the magician tilts the box forward to drop the glass piece back in.

To close the pivoted door back into the wall of the box, he presses the bottom part of the door inward.

Ching Ling Coin Box Glass Exposed

Here is a demo video of the Ching Ling Coin Box where you can see the dropped out glass piece, at 0:48.

Ching Ling Coin Box Trick Revealed

To see it clearer, slow down the playback speed to 0.25.

You can find out more about this conjuring trick prop in “Ching Ling Coin Box Explained“.

Steel Ball Through Glass Trick Box

Then there is another similar wooden box, but with round holes for steel ball penetration.

Steel Ball Through Glass Magic Trick Box

This kind of closeup magic trick is called penetration of solid through solid effect.

Now let’s get back to Pete Firman’s metal ruler through glass magic trick.

Watch Pete Firman & Luke Perry doing the ruler/sword through glass in box trick:

You can watch Pete Firman’s video where he uses a steel rule with the “Ching Ling Coin Box” over here. or here.

Normally magicians use coin to perform this penetration through the glass trick.

They show the box together with the glass piece.

Close it and then only present the penetration effect by dropping the coin through the slots.

But in Pete Firman and also Luke Perry video clips, they skip the part of showing you the glass piece inside the box first.

At the onset, both magicians are in the midst of performing the penetration effect.

It’s only at the end the act, they show you the glass piece inside the box.

Probably they cannot redo the same ruler-thru-glass act again right away, without having to set it up first.

Ruler Through Box With Glass Trick Secret

To do the trick, Pete Firman still uses the secret pivoted door as elaborated in “Ching Ling Coin Box Explained” and “Steel Ball Through Glass Revealed and Explained“.

They can still safely turn the box around to a certain degree.

But they still cannot fully show the side of the box with the secret opening, as indicated in the picture below.

Ching Ling Coin Box Pete Firman

The bottom edge of the pivoted door is a bit out from the box.

So how do they position the glass piece inside the Ching Ling Coin Box?

Glass Piece Position

This is what I think how Pete Firman set it up before performing the trick.

He turns the pivoted door out slightly, wide enough to grip onto the bottom glass edge.

Next he positions the top glass edge upward inside the box.

While holding onto the upward glass piece, he inserts the metal ruler through the bottom slot.

Next he pulls the cover down to let the ruler goes through its slot, before closing it.

See the illustration below.

Ruler Through Glass Trick Explained

The dotted black line is side-view of the glass piece.

The bottom glass edge is trapped at the slightly-opened pivoted door at the bottom of the box.

While the top glass edge is leaning against the ruler.

Hence, his two fingers are wide enough to block the pivoted door.

Glass Piece Lean On Ruler

The other edge of the glass piece inside the box is resting onto the metal ruler.

In short, the metal ruler is holding up the glass piece inside the box.

Probably that’s why Pete Firman continues to keep the metal ruler towards the left edge of the slot as seen below.

Ruler Penetrates Through Glass Magic Trick

At the end of the trick, he pulls out the metal ruler, and the glass piece drops down into the bottom of the box.

Close The Ching Coin Box Secret Door

At 0:12 Pete Firman tilts the box downward.

Then his left thumb closes up the pivoted door back into wall of the box.

Ruler Through Glass Trick secret

Luke Perry uses his right hand middle finger to close the slightly opened pivoted door at 0:10, just before he unclasps it.

Pete Firman Puzzle Box Trick

This is my opinion how the ruler through box with glass trick or wooden box ruler magic trick is done.

UPDATED: Wooden Puzzle Box With Glass Explained TikTok

Someone has shared this blog post in his TikTok video.

Ruler Through Glass Puzzle Box Revealed TikTok

In addition, another TikTok video confirmed the trick is done with the help of the pivoted door.

At 00:05, you can see his left thumb rushes over to press down the pivoted door.

Ruler Thru Glass Trick TikTok

Of course not the gimmicked ruler, which he does not demonstrate it!

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Pete Firman uses a short steel coil to do the card levitation trick, or rather the card suspension trick.

Pete Firman Card Levitation Trick Reddit

At 0:23 from the video clip, you can see the secret behind the card.

The steel spring gimmick attached to the back of the Queen of Clubs card.

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